Twenty-eight masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity proclaimed

7 November 2003

A thousand year old Chinese musical idiom that is mastered by a mere 50 people, the know-how of itinerant doctors in South America who are familiar with the properties of almost 1,000 plant species, a communication system among different language communities in Vanuatu using finger drawings in sand, these are but three of the 28 cultural expressions proclaimed by UNESCO today as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

The masterpieces proclaimed are: Azerbaijani Mugham (Azerbaijan), The Carnival of Binche (Belgium), The Andean Cosmovision of the Kallawaya (Bolivia), The Oral and Graphic Expressions of the Wajapi (Brazil), The Oral traditions of the Aka Pygmies of Central Africa (Central African Republic), The Royal Ballet of Cambodia (Cambodia), The Art of Guqin Music (China), The Carnival of Barranquilla (Colombia), La Tumba Francesa, Music of the Oriente Brotherhood (Cuba), The Al-Sirah al-Hilaliyya Epic (Egypt), The Kihnu Cultural Space (Estonia), The Tradition of Vedic Chanting (India), Wayang Puppet Theatre (Indonesia), The Maroon Heritage of Moore Town (Jamaica), Ningyo Johruri Bunraku Puppet Theatre (Japan), The Art of Akyns, Kyrgyz Epic Tellers (Kyrgyzstan), Woodcrafting Knowledge of the Zafimaniry (Madagascar), The Indigenous Festivity dedicated to the Dead (Mexico), The Traditional Music of Morin Khuur (Mongolia), The Pansori Epic Chant (Republic of Korea), Lakalaka, Dances and Sung Speeches of Tonga (Tonga), The Arts of the Meddah, Public Storytellers (Turkey), Vanuatu Sand Drawings (Vanuatu), Nha Nhac, Vietnamese Court Music (Viet Nam), Arab States: Iraqi Maqam (Iraq), Songs of Sanaa (Yemen).

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